19 Travel Goals to Accomplish Before 35

Back in June, as I was reflecting on another birthday, I looked at a very, very old version of my website and spotted a list of travel goals I’d written. I’d forgotten about that list. As I made changes to the site, I moved the list around, eventually removed it, put it back, and then […]

Why Travel Makes You Awesome

People always ask how travel has changed me. If I look back at who I was before I began traveling and compare that to who I am now, I would have to say that travel has made me a better and more well-rounded person. I’m way cooler now than I was at twenty five when […]

My Current List of Favorite Travel Blogs

I’m not going to lie – I think I have a pretty good travel blog. You probably do too, if you read it. I work hard to provide excellent practical travel advice to help you travel better, but I’m not the only great travel blogger out there. In fact, and I know this might be […]

My Best Travel Articles of 2011

With 2011 almost over, I can’t help but look back on this year with gratitude. This site has grown beyond my wildest expectations. It seems that every year only keeps getting better. For that, I have all of you to thank. Without you, this site wouldn’t be what it is. Thank you! And since this […]

My Favorite Hostels in the World

I often write about my favorite hostels in regions around the world but I’ve never written about my favorite hostels in the world. With more than 55 countries and five years of backpacking under my belt, I’ve stayed in hundreds of hostels. Some were so bad that I’ve blocked them out of my memories. But […]